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I had my first mammogram in March, 2012. I am 44 years old. I thought it would just be a breeze to get the mammogram and then I would be on my way. They asked me to come back since it was my first mammogram. The cancer was only in my right breast. I returned and then was told that they notice a few things and that a biopsy would be the best option. No problem! Thought, get the biopsy and all is good. I was then informed by my doctor that I need to call this plastic surgeon she recommended. Hmm, what is going on, is what I was thinking. I received a call from my surgeon informing me I had cancer (Stage 1). I was in such as state of shock. Still not believing it's true. She asked that we meet and discuss options. After my appt,, she suggested that I get a lumpectomy. I thought if anything could get rid of the cancer, it was the lumpectomy. Surgery was scheduled and a week later, my surgeon called and said that the margins were positive and that I would need to have a mastectomy. Surgery was scheduled again for this (July 25). About a week after surgery, I received the best news that I was cancer free. What an amazing feeling. I am currently in the process of reconstruction. For me, this has actually been the hardest part because I was not used to tissue expanders and I developed an infection because the drain was taken out to soon. Please no matter was the doctor says, leave the drain in until less than 30 ccs. My drain was taken out early and I got an infection. I am on the road to recovery now and am so happy.

Alisa
Seattle, WA

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